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Old 20th January 2009, 08:45   #1
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I stumbled on this unheard route while browing through Yahoo Maps. Looks like there is a very less travelled route Dalhouise via Doda, Kishtwar that goes to Anantnag. From thsi route, Srinagar is Just 283 kms. You dont touch Jammu region at any point. Just 60kms from Dalhouise, you enter J&K at Doda district.

The map doesnt show much inhabitation on this route. The road condition is not known and might be bad also, so I am tempted to do it on a bicycle/bike.

Anyone been to this route? I am concerned also about the safety part. We hardly hear about Doda/Kishtwar. The only time I have heard about it is when there is either a terrorist event or any snowfall. Is it required to have permits to enter thia area?

Here is the link to info on yahoo maps:
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Anyone been to this route? I am concerned also about the safety part. We hardly hear about Doda/Kishtwar. The only time I have heard about it is when there is either a terrorist event or any snowfall. Is it required to have permits to enter thia area?

Here is the link to info on yahoo maps:
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is a very beautiful place. I have very fond memories of living there as a kid. Yes, its been hit by militancy now and taking that route is not recommended.

OT: If you are a daredevil and don't fear anything, just take a trip that road. You'll love it. A journey of a lifetime.
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Old 21st January 2009, 10:25   #3
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Has anyone been to Doda/Kishtwar area offlate?

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Has anyone been to Doda/Kishtwar area offlate?
Both are in the news for all the wrong reasons! I'd say you better avoid them.
And certainly do not venture there on a bicycle.
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AFAIK that route is still not operational. Maybe you can try it out on a bicycle but do not venture alone. Scenic route it should be but the conditions will not be very comfortable. Entry/ Exit will be from the Pangi valley in Chamba and would take you near to Sach pass which is now connected to the Keylong Sub division now enroute to Manali. Explore that route and I am sure you will not be dissappointed.
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It is open as per accounts this year (Sach pass).

And in 2004 (?) when a bunch of bulleteers rode that way after the Udaipur side to Leh was closed - there's a post here:
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Hi. Has anyone done the Chamba-Bhaderwah-Doda route recently (=2010/2011)? Is it likely to be open in early June? Also, any information on the general safety situation in Doda and Kishtwar in Jammu would be much appreciated.

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The only problem with your route is "militancy". So its mostly avoided. But as others said, if you are a daredevil, go for it!
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What is the best route from Chamba [HP] to Srinagar [J&K]? MMI shows the shortest route on SH 35 via Bhaderwah and Doda, but Google Maps shows the longer route via Pathankot. Will the shortest route recommended by MMI be a good motorable one for a sedan in September? Kindly advise.
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The Pathankot route is definitely longer when you travel from Srinagar to Chamba.You dont have to go anywhere near it.
The route to be taken is the so called defence road and over the Ranjit Sagar dam and at a certain point you turn towards Dalhousie/Chamba.This was given by a resident of Srinagar who drives to Dalhousie more than 10 times a year.
Unfortunately for me I asked a truck driver for directions after the dam and I landed up at Pathankot and that too after getting stuck at the J&K/HP border.
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I did the Chamba-Bhaderwah road in early June 2011 in an Innova. The road is mostly unmetalled in J&K and we were really lucky to make it through without a puncture. There is a small pass at about 3200m which gets snowed in for much of the year. We were told by some troops at an army camp that it was cleared ten days before we got there, and then it rained and was closed off a week after we passed through. Took us about 10 hrs, Chamba-Bhaderwah. One of the most beautiful drives I've been on, but I wouldn't suggest it in a low-slung sedan. It is also quite a desolate drive, with little traffic and a few tiny villages, so a tyre repair kit might be a good idea. And you should check about the snow at the pass. Good luck!
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The route to be taken is the so called defence road and over the Ranjit Sagar dam and at a certain point you turn towards Dalhousie/Chamba.
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I did the Chamba-Bhaderwah road in early June 2011 in an Innova. The road is mostly unmetalled in J&K and we were really lucky to make it through without a puncture.
Thanks a lot, faustus77 and ishan.agarwal for kind suggestions. After weighing pros and cons, I am inclined to take the route via Ranjit Sagar Dam and Udhampur. In a rare coincidence, both MMI and Google Maps agree on this route!
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Thanks a lot, faustus77 and ishan.agarwal for kind suggestions. After weighing pros and cons, I am inclined to take the route via Ranjit Sagar Dam and Udhampur. In a rare coincidence, both MMI and Google Maps agree on this route!
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Udhampur Dhar and then on to Dalhousie.
When you start your journey on the dam the security guys will give you a chit which you have to surrender at the end.However they may check in between but give the chit only at the end.
Lakhanpur was the place where I got unnecessary stuck as I took a wrong turn.
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When you start your journey on the dam the security guys will give you a chit which you have to surrender at the end.
Thanks a lot, Sir, for the valuable suggestion. BTW, I found out that a 592 m long cable-stayed bridge at Basohli is scheduled to be completed by September 2014 only according to this news report. After completion, it will provide a connectivity to NH 1A and areas besides Ranjit Sagar Dam.

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They have been talking about the Basohli-Bhaderwah-Kishtwar route for last any years ever since Ghulam Nabi Azad was CM of J&K!

Currently, the Kyari-Bhaderwah road is mostly dirt, very narrow & gets closed down due to snow fall between Bani & Bhaderwah.

The next linkage from Kishtwar to Anantanag is via Sinthan Pass. This road has been improved tremendously in the last few years but still a snow-bound road between Chingham & Dakshum across Sinthan Top.

I am quite sceptical of this route ever being pen round the year although it will definitely provide some relief in the summer.
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